Culinary Destination: A Taste of Burlington 2019 Launch Highlights. #ad @tasteofburl

Culinary Destination: A Taste of Burlington 2019 Launch Highlights. #ad @tasteofburl
08 Feb 2019

Disclosure: My media entry into the Taste of Burlington launch event was complimentary. All opinions are my own.

On a cold and very snowy January evening, I headed out to the Taste of Burlington launch event at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. I was expecting a lot of cancellations due to the weather – even schools and busses were cancelled. But, they event was packed when I arrived.

This was my 5th year attending the launch event for Burlington’s Taste Of program. There were several new restaurants participating, and a quite a few returning.

19 restaurants all assembled into The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, and 375 people got to try out the offerings from each restaurant.

Mike Stevenson and Robert Laporte provided the entertainment, sponsored by Live and Local Music Series. Burlington Green was there, helping to reduce A Taste of Burlington’s environmental footprint.

Taste Of Burlington Highlights

With so many restaurants to sample, it was tough to try them all without getting full. Here are some highlights:

taste of burlington barra fion

Barra Fion Tapas & Barrel

Pintxos – balsamic goat cheese steak crostini with onion jam. Simple, yet delicious. I have been to Barra Fion, and the food is quite good.

Barra Fion Tapas & Barrel is located at 1505 Guelph Line, Unit #10, in Burlington.

taste of burlington beer town

Beertown Public House

Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake: Oreo cookie crumb finished with berry compote and icing sugar. I’m not sure I would have used cheesecake to highlight the menu offerings at a restaurant, but it seemed to be quite popular.

Beertown Public House is located at 2050 Appleby Line, Unit K, in Burlington.

taste of burlington brant pump and patio

Brant Pump & Patio

Blackened chicken tostadas. These were little bites of heaven, highlighting their blackened chicken tacos.

Brant Pump & Patio is located at 455 Brant Street in Burlington.

taste of burlington canyon creek

Canyon Creek

Carrot and ginger soup: roasted carrots, fresh ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, crème fraîche. This soup was quite delicious.

Canyon Creek is located at 2429 Fairview Street in Burlington.

taste of burlington coop wicked chicken

Coop Wicked Chicken

Seasoned, brined and buttermilk-soaked chicken fingers coated in signature Coop dust. Fried to golden perfection and served with dipping sauce. I know it was chicken fingers, but the taste was outstanding. I have not yet been to Coop, but that will change. Soon.

Coop Wicked Chicken is located at 370 Brant Street in Burlington.

taste of burlington denningers

Denninger’s Bitehaus Bistro

Bite-sized chicken schnitzel Cordon Bleu and roasted beet and quinoa salad. Just what you would expect from Denninger’s. So good!

Denninger’s Bitehaus Bistro is located at 777 Guelph Line, Unit M015 (Burlington Centre), in Burlington.

taste of burlington familia fine foods mango

Familia Fine Foods

Mango ceviche, and shrimp ceviche Cartagena on green crispy plantain chip. Both of these were amazing, and quite a refreshing departure from what the other restaurants were offering.

taste of burlington familia fine foods shrimp

Familia Fine Foods is located at 17-3245 Harvester Road in Burlington.

taste of burlington industria

Industria Pizzeria & Bar

Industria classic meatballs: homemade veal and pork meatballs with fresh tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, ricotta and fresh basil. Seven with bread. The meatballs were quite good.

Industria Pizzeria & Bar is located at 1860 Appleby Line in Burlington.

taste of burlington jacksons landing

Jacksons Landing

Brisket mac & cheese topped with cheddar and jalapeño sauce. I’m not a fan of mac and cheese, but these were going fast. Anything with brisket has to be good… right?

Jackson’s Landing is located at 5000 New Street, Unit #1, in Burlington.

taste of burlington pepperwood bistro

Pepperwood Bistro

Savoury warm sweet potato parfait topped with confit Muskovy duck leg, cherry port wine reduction, crispy parsnip root chip and organic peppercress sprouts. The was the taste of the night for me. This is the kind of dish that would lure me in for a meal at their establishment.

Pepperwood Bistro is located at 1455 Lakeshore Road in Burlington.

taste of burlington queenshead

Queen’s Head Pub

Beef Bourguignon served in a Yorkshire pudding. Queen’s Head usually puts out great food, and this was no exception. Comfort food.

Queen’s Head Pub is located at 400 Brant Street in Burlington.

taste of burlington rayhoon

Rayhoon Persian Eatery

Persian jewelled rice: saffron infused basmati rice layered with pistachios, almonds, raisins, barberries, juliene-cut carrots and orange peels. Served with chicken and a Persian shallot yogurt. Another fine entry from Rayhoon.

Rayhoon Persian Eatery is located at 420 Pearl Street in Burlington.

taste of burlington rbg

RBG Greenhouse Café

Vegetarian Banh Mi sliders: pickled radish and carrots, cucumber, tomato, sriracha mayo. Served with five spice kettle chips. Great for veggie lovers.

RBG Greenhouse Café is located at 680 Plains Road West in Burlington.

taste of burlington sb prime

SB Prime

Sous vide beef brisket on crostini with pickled onion. The sous vide brisket was extremely tender, and very delicious.

SB Prime is located at 390 Brant Street in Burlington.

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The Hood

Beef child, homemade baba ghanouj and hummus, served with Italian and Egyptian bread. I did;t try the child, but the homemade hummus was fantastic!

The Hood is located at 2049 Pine Street in Burlington.

taste of burlington topowe

Topowe at Nickel Brook Brewery

Beer braised brisket with a yam mash and a chipotle kimchi. Tobias Pohl-Weary is alway putting out great dished, and this was another fine example. The brisket was tender, and the flavours were awesome.

Nickel Brook Brewery is located at 864 Drury Lane in Burlington. Dates for Topowe Events: February 21, 22, 28 and March 1st.

taste of burlington turtle jacks

Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill

Chicken curry. Simple, and not very spicy. A good choice if you want to try a mild curry.

Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill is located at 1900 Appleby Line, and 900 Maple Avenue (Mapleview Shopping Centre) in Burlington.

taste of burlington vivenes

Vivene’s Island Cuisine

Oxtail and cassava fries with spicy ketchup. A good first showing from Vivene’s. Tasty, and makes me want to try other things on their menu.

Vivene’s Island Cuisine is located at 2025 Upper Middle Road in Burlington.

taste of burlington water st cooker

The Water St. Cooker

Wild boar bolognese, topped with fresh parmesan shaving. This bolognese was quite good, and a great example of the comfort food found at The Water St. Cooker.

The Water St. Cooker is located at 2084 Old Lakeshore Road in Burlington.

taste of burlington flat rock

Flat Rock Cellars

Flat Rock Cellars was there sampling their 2016 proprietary white aromatic blend ‘Twisted’, and their 2017 Pinot Noir. I have been to Flat Rock Cellars a couple of times on our annual Thanksgiving wine tour, and their offerings in the Twenty Valley are quite good.

Flat Rock Cellars is located at 2727 Seventh Avenue in Jordan Station.

taste of burlington nickel brook

Nickel Brook Brewery

Nickel Brook Brewery was sampling their Headstock and Cheeky Bastard. Can’t go wrong with Burlington’s craft brewery.

Nickel Brook Brewery is located at 864 Drury Lane in Burlington.

Get a taste of this prix fixe event!

A Taste of Burlington will be running from February 18th to March 10th. 41 of Burlington’s best eateries will be offering a prix fixe menu. Lunches are $15, $20, or $25, and dinners are $30, $35, or $40.

More info can be found at

Mark your calendar folks… you are not going to want to miss A Taste Of Burlington.

Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.


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